Layers at Home Plate
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit acquired this high-resolution view of intricately layered exposures of rock while parked on the northwest edge of the bright, semi-circular feature known as "Home Plate." The rover was perched at a 27-degree upward tilt while creating the panorama, resulting in the "U" shape of the mosaic.
(A) The northern edge of Home Plate, (B) the coarse-grained lower unit, (C) the fine-grained upper unit.
Spirit acquired 246 separate images of this scene using 6 different filters on the panoramic camera (Pancam) during the rover's Martian days, or sols, 748 through 751 (Feb. 9 through Feb. 12, 2006). The field of view covers 160 degrees of terrain around the rover.
An un-labeled version of full panorama is available:
+ High resolution JPEG
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS/Cornell